The Seven "I AM"s found in the Gospel of John
1. “I AM the Bread of Life”
And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst (John 6:35)
Jesus tells us here that He is the spiritual food that we need. He relates Himself to bread to indicate that we must consume His teaching and His lifestyle if we are truly His disciples. Of those who do consume His teachings and His lifestyle, Jesus promises that these people would not be hungry and would not thirst – spiritually, that is.
2. “I AM the Light of the World”
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. (John 8:12 KJV)
Jesus is the only true Light and accepting Him and following Him removes the darkness, such as sin and death, out of our lives. The light of Jesus represents His purity and His holiness. Throughout scriptures, we are commanded to walk in the light and John 8:12 tells us what light that is – His light. The light of Jesus gives us life and, according to Jesus, those who follow Him never have to worry about walking in darkness again.
3. “I AM the Door”
Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. (John 10:7 KJV)
Jesus is telling us here that He is the entrance – the entrance into a relationship with God the Father – THE ONLY ENTRANCE!! He is also the entrance into forgiveness, victory, holiness, heaven, and most importantly, salvation – THE ONLY ENTRANCE! Jesus Christ is the only door. There are no side doors, no back door, and no door of any other kind. Acts 4:12 says, “There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to people by which we must be saved.” (Holman Christian Standard Bible)
4. “I AM the Good Shepherd”
 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.  I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. (John 10:11, 14 KJV)
In the Old Testament books such as Zechariah, Ezekiel, and Jeremiah, we see God rebuking wicked shepherds. Jesus tells us here that He is the good Shepherd. A shepherd leads, feeds, and protects his flock, and that’s exactly what Jesus does to those who believe in Him and trust on Him. This “I AM” statement speaks of Jesus’ tender loving care and devotion for us, His people. A good shepherd is willing to die for his sheep, and so Christ, the Good Shepherd in John, the Great Shepherd in Hebrews, and the Chief Shepherd in Peter, was willing to, and did, die for His sheep.
5. “I AM the Resurrection and the Life”
Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: (John 11:25 KJV)
Jesus is not telling us that we will avoid a physical death, rather promising us that He is the gateway to an everlasting life and fellowship with God in heaven. He is also telling us that He is the life and to not know Him means that one has no life. One can be physically alive, but spiritually dead and on their way to hell, unless they receive the Resurrection and the Life.
6. “I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life”
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6 KJV)
Jesus concluded this “I AM” saying by stating that no one can come to His Father, but by Him. Jesus is the way to the eternal life that God, who cannot lie, promised before the beginning of time. (Titus 1:2) Jesus is the way because He is the truth, and He is the truth because He is the way. As God incarnate, He is life for all who believe in Him and accept His salvation to eternal life.
7. “I AM the True Vine”
I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. (John 15:1 KJV)
In the Old Testament, a vine represented Israel, God’s chosen people. (Isaiah 5, Jeremiah 2, and Ezekiel 19) Since Israel has rejected Christ, Christ becomes the whole vine, and those who believe in Him become branches. This means that we are not only connected to Him, but we are absorbed by Him. If we obey His commandments, we will bear fruit on our branches, fruit that will ultimately belong to the vine. It is reassuring to know that when we provide fruit, we prove to Jesus that we are His disciples, and we therefore glorify His Father.
The Seven Signs found in the Gospel of John
The Gospel of John records seven signs that Jesus performed.
1. Turning water to wine at a wedding in Cana
 Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim.  And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it. (John 2:7-8 KJV)
The first sign listed in John is found in John 2:1-12 where Jesus turns the water to wine at Cana.
Changing the water into wine symbolizes the replacement of Judaism with the gospel. John describes the water in terms of Jewish purification, and the wine as the grace and truth that comes through Jesus Christ. This miracle indicates that Jesus and His Word are the sources of all true blessings.
2. Healing of a son of a nobleman who was at the point of death in Capernaum
 So Jesus came again into Cana of Galilee, where he made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman, whose son was sick at Capernaum.  When he heard that Jesus was come out of Judæa into Galilee, he went unto him, and besought him that he would come down, and heal his son: for he was at the point of death. (John 4:46-47 KJV)
The next of the seven signs is found in John 4:43-54. This miracle shows the son of a royal official being healed from a near death illness.
This healing from such a near death experience points to Jesus as the giver of physical and eternal life, and symbolizes Jesus as the way from eternal death to salvation.
3. Healing of an impotent man on the Sabbath day at the Pool of Bethesda
 When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?  Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. (John 5:6,8 KJV)
The third sign is the healing of a lame man on the Sabbath at Bethesda, and is found in John 5:1-15.
As Jesus passed by the Bethesda pool in Jerusalem, he saw a number of invalids. A man had been there for thirty-eight years. Jesus saw him and asked him if he wanted to get well. The man replied that he didn’t have anyone to put him into the pool (a pool that many of that time thought possessed healing power). Jesus told the man to get up, pick up his bed roll, and walk. The man was healed instantly. All of this occurred on the Sabbath. In performing this miracle, Jesus shows himself as Lord over the Sabbath, and as the co-worker of God the Father.
4. Feeding the five thousand
 And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand.  When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost. (John 6:10-13 KJV)
Fourth, Jesus feeds the five thousand in John 6:1-15, 25-69.
This miracle, apart from the resurrection, is the only miracle that occurs in all four gospels. There were far more than five thousand people, for women and children were not counted in the number. This miracle points to Jesus as the life-giving bread from Heaven. He gives the bread and the fish used in the feeding as a representation of the bread of life, which is His flesh that He gave as the sacrifice for our sins.
5. Walking on water
 So when they had rowed about five and twenty or thirty furlongs, they see Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh unto the ship: and they were afraid.  But he saith unto them, It is I; be not afraid. (John 6:19-20 KJV)
Next, Jesus walks on water. This is found in John 6:16-21.
This miracle shows Jesus as divine and shows His authority over the forces of nature and the entire created world.
6. Healing of a man born blind
 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.  And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?  When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,  And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing. (John 9:1-2,6-7 KJV)
In John 9:1-41 Jesus performs a miracle of healing a man born blind.
Some Jews may have thought this man was being punished for sins he committed in a previous existence, or for sins that a family member committed. In the healing of the blind man, Jesus shows Himself as the giver of spiritual sight and the light of the world. Not only was this man healed physically, but more importantly, he was healed spiritually. However, the Pharisees that witnessed the sign refused to believe, and were therefore blind. They remained blind while the man who was born blind gained his sight.
7. Raising Lazarus from the dead
 And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.  And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go. (John 11:43-44 KJV)
Lastly, Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead in John 11:1-44.
It is fitting for this miracle to be last as it symbolized Jesus raising Himself from the dead. In this miracle, Jesus shows Himself as the Resurrection and the Life, and shows His power over death even before His own resurrection showed it. Just like Jesus raised Lazarus and Himself from the dead, He will also raise those who believe in Him to eternal life.
Throughout the book of John, we find passages that attempt to convince readers that Jesus is the Messiah and the Christ, as well as the divine Son of God sent from Heaven. These seven “I AM” sayings were written to re-instill that idea as well as give us a glimpse of the character, person, and purpose of the Messiah. The seven signs are given to re-instill the fact that Jesus is all-powerful, super-human, and God in the flesh. In doing so, John adequately portrays the authority that Christ has to teach, lead, and save us. These seven “I AM” statements and signs as a conglomerate represent Jesus and His wholeness and represent the benefits to those who believe in Him and trust their lives to Him.